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Take a break from the madness of prime time television for real conversations on economics and politics. The Pragati Podcast is a fortnightly podcast on public policy. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan analyse views and news from India and the world – and talk to experts and practitioners on a wide range of issues. This is and Indus Vox Media Presentation

Take a break from the madness of prime time television for real conversations on economics and politics. The Pragati Podcast is a fortnightly podcast on public policy. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan analyse views and news from India and the world – and talk to experts and practitioners on a wide range of issues. This is and Indus Vox Media Presentation
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Take a break from the madness of prime time television for real conversations on economics and politics. The Pragati Podcast is a fortnightly podcast on public policy. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan analyse views and news from India and the world – and talk to experts and practitioners on a wide range of issues. This is and Indus Vox Media Presentation

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Ep. 62: Syria and the Ugliness of Modern Warfare

9/19/2018
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The Syrian Civil War has been raging since 2011. Now the war is entering a new and perhaps final phase. How did a peaceful protest turn into a multi-sided war that has killed half a million people and displaced more than 10 million Syrians? Lawyer and policy analyst Ameya Naik returns to the Pragati Podcast to talk to hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan. The show discusses how Syria got here, the price that Syrians have paid, and how such a conflict can happen anywhere in the...

Duration:00:59:43

Ep. 61: The Many Indian Genomes

9/12/2018
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It is time to talk about the many Indian Genomes, and the great genetic diversity of Indians, 28 years after the Human Genome Project was launched. Dr Kumarasamy Thangaraj joins Pavan Srinath and guest host Dr Shambhavi Naik on Episode 61 of the Pragati Podcast to talk about all things India, genes, history and health challenges. Dr Thangaraj is a renowned scientist working at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, CCMB, Hyderabad. He has published extensively on the origin of...

Duration:00:47:19

Ep. 60: The Indian Rupee in a Turkish Bath

9/5/2018
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How do actions by President Erdoğan in Turkey affect the Indian rupee? What is the emerging market crisis that business channels keep talking about? How does changing geopolitics in the Middle East affect everyone from Brazil to China to Pakistan? Narayan Ramachandran returns to the Pragati Podcast on episode 60 to explain the great game of dominoes that is macroeconomics. Narayan is co-founder and Fellow at the Takshashila Institution, a social entrepreneur and an emerging market investor....

Duration:00:47:43

Ep. 59: Trump's New Washington DC

8/29/2018
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It's been almost two years since Donald Trump was elected the President of the United States of America. What has happened to the Washington DC ecosystem since then? In Episode 59, Soren Dayton joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss what the Republicans, Democrats, businesses and think tanks have been up to since Trump. Soren has spent over a decade working in Washington DC in various roles, including two years on Capitol Hill. His views expressed on the Pragati Podcast...

Duration:00:37:40

Ep. 58: A Thin Svaraj

8/22/2018
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If Swaraj is your birthright, do you have it? What does Swaraj even mean? Do we have different concepts of self-rule? And how do we even spell the word -- sva or swa? Aakash Singh Rathore joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss his conception of 'Thin Svaraj' on Episode 58 of The Pragati Podcast. Aakash is the Director of the International Research Network for Religion and Democracy, and was formerly a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru...

Duration:00:36:03

Ep. 57: Let My Nation Awake

8/15/2018
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What does nationalism mean? How far has India come since 1947? What about the Indian nation gives you hope and despair? On this Independence Day Special of The Pragati Podcast, Nitin Pai and Aakash Singh Rathore join hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to talk about the state of the Indian nation. Nitin Pai(https://twitter.com/acorn) is the Director of the Takshashila Institution. Aakash Singh Rathore(https://twitter.com/Aakash_Ironman) is the Director of the International Research...

Duration:00:18:51

Ep. 56: A Brave New World Order

8/8/2018
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Everyone from Henry Kissinger and Donald Trump to Solomon Lane in the new Mission Impossible(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb49-oV0F78) movie cares about the the end of the old world order. What is a world order? How is it changing? Most importantly, what should India be doing about it? In Episode 56 of The Pragati Podcast, Pranay Kotasthane(https://twitter.com/pranaykotas) and Anirudh Kanisetti(https://twitter.com/AKanisetti) join hosts Pavan Srinath(https://twitter.com/zeusisdead) and...

Duration:00:53:18

Ep. 55: I'm not a Data Subject, but a Data Principal!

8/2/2018
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The Government of India is trying to create the first ever law to protect your personal data and information. The Justice Srikrishna Committee has come out with a draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018. So what's it the data protection bill all about? Will it safeguard our privacy or create a monstrous government apparatus? Manasa Venkataraman(https://twitter.com/nasac) and Ajay Patri(https://twitter.com/ajaybpatri), researchers at the Takshashila...

Duration:00:51:00

Ep. 54: Privacy for 21st Century India

7/30/2018
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Did Pakistan get a privacy law before India? What's a data protection law, and how is that different from a privacy law? Rahul Matthan(https://twitter.com/matthan), author of Privacy 3.0, is a guest in this two-episode special on privacy and data protection on the Pragati podcast. Your personal data has never been more valuable, and has never been at more risk. The Supreme Court upheld the Right to Privacy in 2017, and the Justice Srikrishna Committee has submitted its report and shared a...

Duration:01:10:08

Ep. 53: Privacy 1.0 to 3.0

7/30/2018
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Did walls create privacy, and is the internet going to destroy it? Is Privacy a western idea, being imported to India? Rahul Matthan (https://twitter.com/matthan), author of Privacy 3.0, is a guest in this two-episode special on privacy and data protection on the Pragati podcast. Your personal data has never been more valuable, and has never been at more risk. The Supreme Court upheld the Right to Privacy in 2017, and the Justice Srikrishna Committee has submitted its report and shared a...

Duration:00:48:02

Ep. 52: A Tale of Two Nukes: North Korea (Part 2)

7/25/2018
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If Donald Trump wants to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, how come he met with 'Little Rocket Man' In June? Why does it seem like the world has forgotten the nuclear non-proliferation treaty? In the second of a two-part series, Ameya Naik (https://twitter.com/kianayema) joins Pavan Srinath(https://twitter.com/zeusisdead) and Hamsini Hariharan(https://twitter.com/HamsiniH) to discuss what is happening with negotiations between North Korea and America and the current debates on...

Duration:00:33:39

Ep. 51: A Tale of Two Nukes: Iran (Part 1)

7/18/2018
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Why did Trump sign a nuclear deal with North Korea, while bailing out of a deal with Iran? Is it just Trump being Trump? Or is there more to the story? In Episode 51 of the Pragati Podcast, lawyer and analyst Ameya Naik(http://twitter.com/kianayema ) joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan(https://twitter.com/HamsiniH) and Pavan Srinath(https://twitter.com/zeusisdead) to discuss the nuts and bolts of nuclear sanctions and deals. Ameya talks about Iran in this episode, and will talk about North Korea...

Duration:00:43:02

Ep. 50: Eminence Before Institution

7/11/2018
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Jio Institute. Eminence tags for only IITs Bombay and Delhi, not Chennai and Kanpur. Elections in Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif failed to become the first ever Prime Minister to have served a full term in office. This is the 50th episode of the Pragati Podcast! Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath sit down to talk about the long, strange trip it has been, and also round up some recent news. Please take out five minutes to share your feedback on the Pragati Podcast, and help the hosts...

Duration:00:38:53

Ep. 49: The Rightness of Rights

7/4/2018
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Is a negative right a positive idea? Why is a Right to Education problematic, but a Right to Information perfectly alright? In Episode 49 of the Pragati Podcast, Yazad Jal joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss negative and positive rights. Yazad Jal is a libertarian, and a Fellow for Economic Policy at the Takshashila Institution. Please excuse the subpar quality of sound in the introductory part of this episode, once Yazad's interview begins the quality is fine. If...

Duration:00:50:24

Ep. 24: (Rebroadcast) Editing Our Genes

6/27/2018
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What does it mean to edit someone's genes? Is Malaria in its last days? What is CRISPR, if not a startup that makes chips? Shambhavi Naik (https://twitter.com/shams1085) and Madhav Chandavarkar (https://twitter.com/MadChaP88) are guests on Episode 24 of the Pragati podcast to they explain the recent revolution in gene editing. Cures for blood cancers, hornless cattle & impotent mosquitoes - new technologies are promising a lot of things, while the fear of Eugenics and designer babies is...

Duration:00:30:58

Ep. 48: 20 Million Jobs

6/20/2018
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Does India really need to create 20 million jobs a year? How well are we doing now? In Episode 48 of The Pragati Podcast, economist Anupam Manur(https://twitter.com/anupammanur) joins hosts Pavan Srinath(https://twitter.com/zeusisdead) and Hamsini Hariharan(https://twitter.com/HamsiniH) to help size up the most pressing challenge in India: job creation at an unprecedented scale. If you have questions, comments or brickbats for Anupam or the hosts, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com....

Duration:00:53:58

Ep. 47: My Rupee, My Pride

6/15/2018
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The Rupee tumbles to 68 against the US dollar. Will the dollar breach the 70-rupee mark this year? Does a weak rupee mean a weak economy? In this episode of the Pragati Podcast, Economist Anupam Manur joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to talk about exchange rates and all things rupee. Have questions for Anupam or the hosts? Write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or...

Duration:00:49:41

Ep. 46: You're Scaring the Nipah Out of Me!

6/6/2018
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What is the story behind the Nipah virus that has claimed 16 lives in Kerala? Where did it come from? How can we prevent it? Dr Shambhavi Naik joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss the nitty-gritties of this new disease. If you have questions for the hosts or Shambhavi, write into podcast@thinkpragati.com. If you want to know more about how epidemics affect India's public health, join The Takshashila Institution's Cogitatum on Tackling Epidemics.in India at...

Duration:00:29:06

Ep. 32: Rebroadcast : Should We Pay for the Kaveri?

5/30/2018
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Is Bangalore going to run out of water in a couple of years? How should Tamil Nadu and Karnatake share the Kaveri? Should we start paying for water? In episode 32 of the Pragati Podcast, Nitin Pai joins Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss water, Bangalore and Kaveri. Nitin Pai is the co-founder and director of The Takshashila Institution. Write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com for any questions or comments. New episodes will resume from next Thursday. You can listen to this show...

Duration:00:25:51

Ep. 45: The Magic Number to Elections

5/23/2018
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What is the answer to the ultimate question of politics, elections and voting? Karthik Shashidhar joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss election polling, what works and what doesn't. Karthik Shashidhar is a management consultant, the author of the book, Between the Buyer and the Seller and the Mint column, 'Election Metrics.' You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5 You...

Duration:00:38:06